The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Employment Administration (POEA) has warned Filipinos who are looking for jobs in Macau to be extra cautious in accepting job offers from fellow Filipinos for employment in mainland China.
The POEA said that the Department of Foreign Affairs reported a case of a Filipino household service worker (HSW) in Macau who was said to be recruited by a Filipina named Pia Ciabacal.
DFA said the victim landed a job as an HSW in Macau.
The victim was allegedly offered a job in Beijing for the same position with a monthly salary of RMB 7,500. She was able to enter and work in China, but her employer refused to give her salary.
Her passport and cellphone were also confiscated.
In a report submitted by the DFA, it showed that CIabacal and other Filipino workers in Macau are allegedly agents for a certain Chinese recruiter “Fancy” which owns an establishment called MMC Enterprises located at Baleno Shop, Red Market in Macau.
Beleno shop, however, acts as a front for MMC that clandestinely operates as a recruitment agency targeting unsuspecting Filipinos and Indonesians.
“The workers would later find out the conditions of employment are not what they had in mind, or worse, the offered job is non-existent,” the POEA said.
“Recruitment through a third country is considered illegal recruitment if neither the recruiter nor the employer has proper authorization from the Philippine government,” the POEA added
The government agency said that those applying for overseas jobs should only transact with licensed recruitment agencies in the Philippines.
POEA added that employees should have the appropriate work permit, visa, or employment contract approved by both the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and POEA.